Calling all young commoners who need to learn to tow a trailer…

Published Friday 3 November 2006

Forest Friendly Farming is offering young commoners and those involved in practical land management in the New Forest, training for towing large trailers and livestock.

Anyone who took their driving test on or after 1 January 1997 and wants to tow a trailer will now have to take a practical test.

Training to help pass the compulsory Category B and E towing large trailers test is being offered through the Forest Friendly Farming training grant. The cost of the course is £30, the remainder of the course is subsidised by New Forest LEADER +.

The day is made up of six hours of practical training by staff from Sparsholt College using a four by four vehicle with a horse box or trailer.

The course covers: loading a trailer, hitching and unhitching a trailer, towing and the law, stability, snaking, driving in different weather and road conditions, breaking, reversing and general safety and driving with a trailer.

There are a limited number of places available on the course which will be held at either Sparsholt College or in the New Forest. Priority will be given to eligible applicants on a first come first serve basis. Applicants must have some towing experience and be able to reverse reasonably well.

Emma Rigglesworth, Head of Sustainable Development, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for young people working in land management industries within the New Forest to train for the compulsory licence.  We are particularly keen to hear from young commoners.

To apply for the course visit the Forest Friendly Farming website and download the application form at or contact Sally Igra on 023 8028 5368 or email her at

The test is not part of the course and will need to be organised and paid for separately by the applicant.


Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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